|2 Corinthians 7:5-7 [Titus] told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.|
I supervise the Advising Office in my department at Southeastern, so my door is always open. I often lament (silently) the constant interruptions of students and colleagues during my work day. I sure do miss those people now.
I miss my children, their spouses, and my precious, little Zona, whom I won’t be able to see for awhile.
I miss my church family, too, especially my Sunday School class, the members of the choir, the pokeno ladies, the kids in Worship and Wonder, and the folks I eat biscuits with in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday morning.
I miss having a place like First Christian, where I am known, supported, loved. I miss that place where I can rest from the difficulties of life.
If there’s anything positive about these long weeks of social distancing, it’s going to be a new appreciation for all the people God has blessed me with. The apostle Paul was often on the road, facing many dangers and difficulties. I can just imagine the joy he felt when Titus brought him messages from people who cared about him.
So here’s my message to you: Stay well, dear friends, so we can meet again in our church home. I sure will be glad to see you.
Prayer: God of hope, we are anxious and alone. Please give us comfort and courage to face these difficult times, as we rely on your promise to be with us always. Amen.
|Offered by Carol Madere|